Quote of the Day:
The only white people that thank Jesus are Republicans and ex-crackheads.
–Emmys cohost Michael Che at last night's 70th awards ceremony
Here is the Saturday Night star's full quote from last night:
"My mother is not watching," Michael Che said. "She says she doesn’t like watching white award shows because you guys don’t thank Jesus enough. That’s true. The only white people that thank Jesus are Republicans and ex-crackheads."
Apparently, there still are some normal people who watch the Hollywood award shows, as a number of viewers took to twitter to express disgust at Che's remark.
But the unfunny joke is part of a trend I've noticed lately–taking it for granted that normal people are just here to be insulted. Entertainers now insult the public (which in the past they wanted to cultivate as viewers or purchasers of their products). That is strange enough. But now politicians insult regular folks (formerly viewed as voters).
Former Vice President Joe Biden said that Trump supporters are "virulent people" and "the dregs of society" Saturday night at a Human Rights Campaign dinner in Washington, D.C.
This is Hillary Clinton's "basket of deplorables" comment on steroids.
The elites are just too appalled by regular folks to even be mildly polite.
Looking down on others who don't share your views seems to be more widespread now than at any time I can remember. It is a shallow, unkind thing to do. This attitude backfired in 2016, when deplorables went to the polls to elect a man who courted them as fellow human beings.
I am also intrigued by what some of the most successful among us find meaningful today. Here is what "Black-ish" star Jenifer Lewis said about her attire when interviewed before the Emmys ceremony last night:
“I am wearing Nike to applaud them for supporting Colin Kaepernick and his protest against racial injustice and police brutality,” she told Variety on the carpet, adding that she wondered, “What can I do? What can I do that’s meaningful? I’ll wear Nike. I’ll wear Nike to say thank you. Thank you for leading the resistance! We need more corporate America to stand up also.”
Working in a soup kitchen is meaningful. Being kind to people is meaningful. Wearing a particular brand of shoe is not meaningful.